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WHO'S VOTING FOR HILLARY: LIBERAL LOONS AND UNION GOONS?

Who would support a corrupt, lying progressive socialist democrat other than
Liberal Loons and Union Goons?

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Back to the future …

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No wonder why she will not talk to the media … what would she say?

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How out of touch do you have to be to believe your husband’s lie that it is now your turn in the White House and experience doesn’t matter as much as a billion dollars in campaign advertising?

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“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



AMERICA: DONE IN BY POLITICAL CORRECTNESS?

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What is happening to the America I know and love?

Our nation has lost its way, beset by political correctness, multi-culturalism, and moral equivalency.  And, what makes this so dangerous is that it is done in the name of doing good. Not a new concept.

“Virtue is more to be feared than vice, because its excesses are not subject to the regulation of conscience.”

~Adam Smith, author of The Wealth of Nations

We can see we are in trouble …

  • When our laws are used against us to fund our enemies and their agenda.
  • When we pretend enemies are our friends and allies, sending them billions in so-called humanitarian or foreign aid.
  • When naming our enemies and telling the truth about their behavior is deemed ‘hate speech” and carries criminal penalty enhancements for uttering certain words and phrases.
  • When we allow millions of gallons of water to be flushed to the ocean in a time of drought, where our crops lie fallow, jobs disappear, and people are punished for using water in ways that have been deemed politically incorrect.
  • When our leaders declare that our soldiers are worth less than our enemies and tamper with the rules of engagement to confer an advantage to our enemy combatants?
  • When we institutionalize political corruption in the name of protecting employee rights.
  • When our leaders declare that our soldiers should be paid less and treated worse than the illegal aliens who a pouring into our country. Importing poverty, illiteracy, and crime, while simultaneously destroying our social safety nets. Creating super-citizens who are not subject to the same laws as legal citizens.
  • When we allow the Congress to vote on laws no ordinary American has seen, is authored in a way to hide its special interest provisions, and cannot be read or understood by those voting on the legislation. Even worse, allowing legislators to “horse-trade” their votes in a quid pro quo deal to get their own self-serving legislation passed.
  • When we pervert science and corrupt institutions and researchers to promote political agendas that would spark a revolution among the people where it not for the pseudo-science rationale. Declaring planetary emergencies that must be dealt with immediately by public policies even though phenomena time scales are measured in hundreds, thousands, and millions of years – and there is absolutely no accurate way to directly measure man’s impact on nature.
  • When we allow billionaires and the special interests to override our representative’s duty to their constituents. As if we do not recognizing the fact that these billionaires and special interests are acting in their own special interests; and in many cases do not know what they are talking about. History is replete with brilliant, well-credentialed, and prestigious individuals who were crackpots.
  • When our media watchdogs misuse their constitutional protections and pander to the regime for access and corporate advantage. Failing to tell the full story, hiding the story among inconsequential trivia, or simply parroting lies without question. Quoting a falsehood without challenge is equivalent to implicitly attesting to its truthfulness. 

How can we live in an era when the average attention span is that of a six-year old and that serious crimes and misdeeds are swept away as “old news.” And that, too, is nothing new.

 “Time is a violent torrent; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and
another takes its place.”
~ Caesar Marcus Aurelius, 121-180 A.D.

How can we rely on celebrity when the chief attribute of celebrity is to read the words written by others with believable, but feigned, sincerity. Where most of these individuals are severely flawed and have little or no working knowledge of what they speak. Shameful, because under this description we find the President of the United States and his omnipresent TelePrompTer.

Bottom line … 

To the extent that the progressive socialist democrats and their republican-in-name-only cohorts are allowed to pursue an anti-America agenda, is to deny that America is being attacked by a fifth column, acting on behalf of our enemies, both foreign and domestic, and subverting America from within.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



MITCH McCONNELL SHOULD RESIGN OR BE CENSURED FOR CONSTITUTIONAL MALFEASANCE

Are Mitch McConnell and the Senate Republicans being blackmailed or bribed by the Obama Administration? How else can you respond to this headline on the Drudge Report …

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  • In what America can you pass secret legislation that is binding on “We the People?”
  • In what America can our elected representatives avoid explaining the constitutional authority to hide legislation from the American public?
  • In what America can the President obtain new Constitutional powers that are not clearly known by all Americans?

What are they hiding ...

Considering that Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT),chairman of the Senate Finance Committee is the primary author of the bill, one might assume that Hatch has placed provisions for the further criminalization of copyright violations and shifted the burden from companies such as Disney and the big content distributors to the federal government to investigate and prosecute content-related crimes. Hatch who fancies himself to be a composer is well-known to the intellectual property community as a toady for those who want to prevent their content from ever reaching the public domain as specified in the original copyright legislation.

What makes this such a dangerous proposition is that it enables domestic spying on all individuals and the breaking of encryption as content carriers may be forced to engage in domestic deep-packet mining to discover prohibited content that violates copyright law.

One might further assume, that the President of the United States can, under certain conditions, thwart the Congress of the United States when it comes to international agreements. An especially dangerous proposition given that this particular President and possibly the next President may not wish America well as the proceed with their progressive socialist agenda.

The big question …

How can the American voter trust the Republican Party in 2016 when they have sold out the nation for personal gain?

Bottom line …

More than ever, those to whom we looked for guidance, sanity, and integrity have sold us out. Mitch McConnell should resign his office for participating in this charade orchestrated by the Obama Administration without full disclosure.

How can we know what's in a bill unless we are forced to use the Nancy Pelosi ploy -- we can't know what's in a bill until we pass it.

We are so screwed as our corrupt legislators move farther and farther away from the Constitution of the United States, and the politicized Supreme Court refuses to act in the best interests of America.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



BALTIMORE: BLACK JUSTICE OR SIMPLY JUSTICE? (REVISING THE CHARGES TO WIN A CONVICTION)

mmm' It must be tough to see justice clearly
through the prism of racial politics?

Once again, the blatantly political State’s Attorney for Baltimore City, Marilyn Mosby has apparently responded to the media’s legal pundits who suggested that the prosecutor could probably not secure convictions on the charges originally leveled against the officers given the information known to the media at the time. So, Mosby used the grand jury proceedings to increase the probability of a conviction by removing the “false imprisonment”against three of the officers and adding a new charge of “reckless endangerment” which is easier to prosecute to a conviction.

When reading the charges, remember that they are unsupported by any evidence that has been released that would show how Freddie Gray actually died and how the police were negligent in his death. You should remember that all of these officers are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The new charges …

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Marilyn Mosby Announces Indictments of the Six Baltimore Police Officers Involved in the Freddie Gray Arrest

Marilyn Mosby, State’s Attorney for Baltimore City, announces indictments against the six Baltimore City Police Officers for their alleged role in the death of Freddie Gray.

The State’s Attorney’s Office conducted an independent investigation into this matter upon receiving notice of the incident and presented the evidence to the Grand Jury, who returned the indictments this afternoon.

“On May 1st our investigation revealed that we had enough probable cause to bring charges against the six officers,” stated Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore City State’s Attorney.

Mosby further explained that as their investigation continued, additional information was discovered and as is often the case, during an ongoing investigation charges can and should be revised based on the evidence.

“The Grand Jury, who also concluded there is sufficient evidence for probable cause, returned indictments on all counts presented to them.” Mosby said.

The indictments include the following charges with the respective maximum penalties. Arraignment is scheduled for July 2, 2015.

The charges with the respective maximum penalties are as follows:

Officer Caesar R. Goodson, Jr.

  1. Second degree depraved heart murder (30 yrs.)
  2. Manslaughter (involuntary) (10 yrs.)
  3. Assault/second degree (10 yrs.)
  4. Manslaughter by vehicle (gross negligence) (10 yrs.)
  5. Manslaughter by vehicle (criminal negligence) (3 yrs.)
  6. Misconduct in office (8th Amendment*)
  7. Reckless endangerment (5 years)

Officer William G. Porter

  1. Manslaughter (involuntary) (10 yrs.)
  2. Assault/second degree (10 yrs.)
  3. Misconduct in office (8th Amendment*)
  4. Reckless endangerment (5 years)

Lt. Brian W. Rice

  1. Manslaughter (involuntary) (10 yrs.)
  2. Assault/second degree (10 yrs.)
  3. Misconduct in office (8th Amendment*)
  4. False imprisonment (8th Amendment*)
  5. Reckless endangerment (5 years)

Officer Edward M. Nero

  1. Assault/second degree (10 yrs.)
  2. Misconduct in office (8th Amendment*)
  3. False imprisonment (8th Amendment*)
  4. Reckless endangerment (5 years)

Officer Garrett E. Miller

  1. Assault/second degree (10 yrs.)
  2. Misconduct in office (8th Amendment*)
  3. False imprisonment (8th Amendment*)
  4. Reckless endangerment (5 years)

Sgt. Alicia D. White

  1. Manslaughter (involuntary) (10 yrs.)
  2. Assault/second degree (10 yrs.)
  3. Misconduct in office (8th Amendment*)
  4. Reckless endangerment (5 years)

*Any sentence that does not constitute cruel & unusual punishment. <Source>

It was originally thought that there was the possibility that the prosecutor over-charged the officers in an attempt to encourage the officers to turn on each other and testify for the prosecution.

Bottom line …

We should have faith in our elected officials to prosecute the law without fear or favor. This includes avoiding the unseemly display of racial or political advocacy and the promise of providing justice for one side or the other. While Mosby’s husband is a politician whose district is impacted by racial discord, it should be remembered that Mosby, as an licensed attorney, is actually an officer of the court and should act in an appropriate manner that respects the judicial system.

Mosby’s behavior, and that of Commissioner Anthony Batts, has been despicable as it appears that they do not support law enforcement and are aligned politically with the riotous crowd. It is also discomfiting that Mosby would seek a “gag order” on the defense’s attorneys after her blatant display of partisanship and her on-stage presence at a #Rally4Peace Concert given by Prince.

We still do not know how Freddie Gray died and why officers who had tangential contact with Gray during his arrest are being charged. Gray’s injuries are serious enough to demand an investigation and a finding of facts … especially since it seems unlikely that Gray could have done this to himself. So we wait and see. Hopefully in an atmosphere of calm and sensibility on all sides.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



OBAMA'S PROGRESSIVE POLICING FOR PROFITS AND POLITICAL GAIN ...

If you wish to see the type of political claptrap that is being bandied about when it comes to policing in your community, you may wish to review part of President Obama’s Task Force report.

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Ask yourself, is this the beginning of the federalization of local police and sheriffs departments? [my comments in bracketed blue italics]

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“When any part of the American family does not feel like it is being treated fairly, that’s a problem for all of us.” ~ President Barack Obama

[Of course, as we have seen during the course of the Obama Administration, both President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have made inflammatory statements regarding race and policing. In some cases appearing to support thuggish individuals over duly constituted law enforce without investigations being completed and the facts from being full known. A clear indication of the politicalization of law enforcement activities and further attempts by the Department of Justice to intervene in local law enforcement to apparently promote the Obama agenda of individual and community victimization to drive a progressive socialist democrat agenda.]

Trust between law enforcement agencies and the people they protect and serve is essential in a democracy. It is key to the stability of our communities, the integrity of our criminal justice system, and the safe and effective delivery of policing services.

[If trust between law enforcement is essential, how does the Obama Administration justify its constant agitation and “community outreach” activities at a local level – a level where federal officials should play no role. And, how can members of law enforcement trust the federal government if a grand jury proceedings return a “no true bill” or a court of competent jurisdiction returns a politically unpalatable verdict – and then the federal government investigates and charges a “civil rights” violation? Truly, political double jeopardy based on technicalities.]  

At the first session, Building Trust and Legitimacy, the topic of procedural justice was discussed as a foundational necessity in building public trust. Subject matter experts also testified as to the meaning of “community policing policing” in its historical and contemporary contexts, defining the difference between implicit bias and racial discrimination—two concepts at the heart of perceived difficulties between police and the people. Witnesses from community organizations stressed the need for more police involvement in community affairs as an essential component of their crime fighting duties. Police officers gave the beat cop’s perspective on protecting people who do not respect their authority, and three big-city mayors told of endemic budgetary obstacles to addressing policing challenges.

[That minorities in the inner cities do not trust members of law enforcement is understandable within the context of illegal aliens,omni-present criminals, and the suppression of law enforcement assistance by minority gangs who do not appear reluctant to kill or injure those who provide information to law enforcement. Yet, this is rarely the subject of official inquiries. The attitudes of “us” versus”them” are reoccurring themes in political campaigns as politicians have little or no impetus to support law enforcement when their largest constituencies engage in cultural dislike and distrust of law enforcement.

Implicit bias and racial discrimination are political terms, applied by politicians to prove that they and their community’s minority leadership are not complicitly and directly responsible for the behavior of the community’s minority residents. Why, you might ask, are the racial motives of a law enforcement officer questioned when it is white-on-minority law enforcement action and not when minority law enforcement acts upon a minority perpetrator? Could the answer be as simple as: the disparity of color gives rise to benefits that can be exploited by both the defense and politicians running for office?

Real animosity towards the police and racial bias are systemic problems unlikely to be influenced by additional police or additional funding. In fact, tracking the law enforcement money into bloated pension benefits makes incremental changes in law enforcement levels prohibitively expensive. As does union work rules which favor sworn personnel over civilians – although many civilians held security clearances from the federal government.] 

0.1 Overarching recommendation: The President should support and provide
funding for the creation of a National Crime and Justice Task Force to review and evaluate all components of the criminal justice system for the purpose of making recommendations to the country on comprehensive criminal justice reform.

[Just what the people need. Another feel-good, do-nothing task force staffed by politically-appointed hacks whose work is performed by “staff.” Usually lawyers with a political bent.

When someone speaks of comprehensive criminal justice reform, they are most likely speaking of law enforcement restrictions against minorities and illegal aliens, the reduction of sentencing for minority criminals, and the expungement of criminal records for minorities. Not that we already do not have a problem will allowing hardened criminals to plea-bargain serious crimes to less serious crimes for the purpose of generating statistics-building conviction records of politically ambitious prosecutors.

Where is the mention of the misconduct of rogue investigators and prosecutors that has resulted in innocent people being sent to prison or even executed?]   

0.2 Overarching recommendation:  The President should promote programs
that take a comprehensive and inclusive look at community-based initiatives that address the core issues of poverty, education, health, and safety. 

[Since the War on Poverty began under President Lyndon Johnson in 1964, billions of dollars have been used to address the so-called core-issues. After decades, crime in the inner cities is rampant and those areas, mostly governed by progressive socialist democrats, remain cesspools of poverty, illiteracy, disease, crime, and general decay. The money being siphoned-off by the ever-expanding government and political special interests.] 

1.1 recommendation: Law enforcement culture should embrace a guardian mindset to build public trust and legitimacy. Toward that end, police and sheriffs’ departments should adopt procedural justice as the guiding principle for internal and external policies and practices to guide their interactions with the citizens they serve. 

[Excuse me! Isn’t that what we are supposed to have, guaranteed by the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause. To the extent that this type of policing does not exist, it is the failure of the politicians who govern the system.] 

1.2 recommendation: Law enforcement agencies should acknowledge the role of policing in past and present injustice and discrimination and how it is a hurdle to the promotion of community trust.

[Excuse me! How about the minority communities acknowledging their disproportionate criminal activity and the politicians acknowledging their governance failures. There have been failures on both sides of the line. ]

1.3 Recommendation: Law enforcement agencies should establish a culture of
transparency and accountability in order to build public trust and legitimacy. This will help ensure decision making is understood and in accord with stated policy.

[Coming from the Obama Administration, the idea of calling for transparency and accountability in order to build public trust and legitimacy is ludicrous given the public lying about national security, healthcare, and law enforcement activities. Truly a case of don’t do as I do, do as I say.]

  • 1.3.1 Action Item: To embrace a culture of transparency, law enforcement agencies should make all department policies available for public review and regularly post on the department’s website information about stops, summonses, arrests, reported crime, and other law enforcement data aggregated by demographics.
  • 1.3.2 Action Item: When serious incidents occur, including those involving alleged police misconduct, agencies should communicate with citizens and the media swiftly, openly, and neutrally, respecting areas where the law requires confidentiality.

[Until the investigation is complete and presented for review with the prosecutors, silence is preferable. Acknowledgement of the event is necessary and proper, but the details of an ongoing investigation must remain tightly held to protect both the innocent and the integrity of the prosecution. Community agitators should be sanctioned if they incite a riot when the facts are not in the public domain.]

1.4 recommendation: Law enforcement agencies should promote legitimacy internally within the organization by applying the principles of procedural justice.

  • 1.4.1 Action Item: In order to achieve internal legitimacy, law enforcement agencies should involve employees in the process of developing policies and procedures. 
  • 1.4.2 Action Item: Law enforcement agency leadership should examine opportunities to incorporate procedural justice into the internal discipline
    process, placing additional importance on values adherence rather than adherence to rules. Union leadership should be partners in this process.

1.5 recommendation: Law enforcement agencies should proactively promote public trust by initiating positive non-enforcement activities to engage communities that typically have high rates of investigative and enforcement involvement with government agencies.

Witness Laura Murphy, for example, pointed out that when law enforcement targets people of color for the isolated actions of a few, it tags an entire community as lawless when in actuality 95 percent are law abiding.

[This is a specious and general allegation of the type usually put forth by community victimization activists. So who is Laura Murphy? She is the Director, Washington Legislative Office, of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).] 

  • 1.5.1 action item: In order to achieve external legitimacy, law enforcement agencies should involve the community in the process of developing and evaluating policies and procedures.

[When politicians and activists speak about community involvement, they are usually speaking about themselves, not the unwashed members of the general public.] 

  • 1.5.2 action item: Law enforcement agencies should institute residency incentive programs such as Resident Officer Programs.

Resident Officer Programs are arrangements where law enforcement officers are provided housing in public housing neighborhoods as long as they fulfill public safety duties within the neighborhood that have been agreed to between the housing authority and the law enforcement agency.

[This should be known as the “get an officer killed, put their family in danger, and never give them a moment of peace” plan.]

  • 1.5.3 action item: Law enforcement agencies should create opportunities in schools and communities for positive non-enforcement interactions with police. Agencies should also publicize the beneficial outcomes and images of positive, trust-building partnerships and initiatives.

[Funny, we used to do this with police visits to the classroom, Explorer Scouts, and Police involvement in community affairs as our neighbors. As for demonstrating the benefits of low crime  – perhaps we should allow the police to do their own perp walks. ]

  • 1.5.4 Action Item: Use of physical control equipment and techniques against vulnerable populations—including children, elderly persons, pregnant women, people with physical and mental disabilities, limited English proficiency, and others—can undermine public trust and should be used as a last resort. Law enforcement agencies should carefully consider and review their policies towards these populations and adopt policies if none are in place.

[Just a little reminder that a law enforcement officer can be killed by a child, a senior citizen, or a mentally disabled person. While control techniques are not pretty when observed on the nightly news, to make an officer second-guess their safety is deadly.]

Source: President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. 2015.
“Final Report of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.”
Washington, DC: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

Well you get the idea. If you wish to read the entire 160-page document in context, it can be found here at the Department of Justice.

Department of Social Justice …

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When Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta spoke to the crowd at the Colorado Lawyers Committee annual lunch about the realities of the severed relationship between police and the Black community, she started by listing some of the most sobering reminders of what police brutality and excessive force can really do.

Mistrust can’t be explained away as the kneejerk reaction of the ill-informed or the hyperbolic,” she said. “It’s, in part, the product of historical awareness about the role that police have played in enforcing and perpetuating slavery, the Black Codes, lynchings and Jim Crow segregation. As FBI Director James Comey noted, ‘At many points in American history, law enforcement enforced the status quo, a status quo that was often brutally unfair to disfavored groups.” <Source>

Can you even begin to imagine why a high-ranking Department of Justice official would start in on historical awareness about the role that police have played in enforcing and perpetuating slavery? If not to stoke the fires of racial discord, victimhood, and progressive socialist democrat ideology. If you want to see where the parrot got her talking points … look at Recommendation 1.2 above.

Pointy-head intellectuals …

The idea that crime and punishment should somehow reflect the percentage population of the perpetrator’s color, race, or ethnicity, without regard to other factors is something only a pointy-head intellectual can support. Most of these prognosticators are progressive socialist democrats who cannot seem to understand that crime is committed by individual criminals and criminal gangs – and is not caused by the broader society. There have always been criminals, but never before have so many wanted to spread the blame to law-abiding citizens.

I don’t own slaves. My family doesn’t own slaves. And, my ancestors didn’t own slaves. So why am I being punished and made to feel inferior because of historical injustice? Can you say political power and wealth redistribution to increase that political power? As we have seen in Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, Maryland, criminals are simply criminals, not historians, nor protesters with a legitimate grievance with a factual basis.

Crime is big business …

The mantra of the criminal justice system is not better policing or lower crime, it is stabilize the system to keep the political power from being eroded and the money flowing into our coffers, and individual pockets.

Most people do not think of the criminal justice system as big business, but when you consider the tremendous amounts of money awash in the system, you will quickly change your mind. Progressive policing is not so much a matter to detecting and deterring criminal activities, but keeping the crime rate high enough so that taxpayers and voting citizens will demand more police support, but not so high as to cause the taxpayers and voting citizens to demand regime change.

In many cases, the top-level police are politicians, with the very same issues: raising campaign funding and avoiding negative publicity. To the extent that they support the politicians, community agitators, and the special interests who provide campaign funding, voter support, and positive media. Favors all around. To the extent that the rank-and-file are well-trained, diligent, and exhibit personal integrity, it to the extent that the leadership sets the example. And, to the extent that the community supports their actions.

Heaven forbid that law-abiding citizens act as individuals and become responsible for their own self-protection. Can’t have that as it would diminish the power of the politicians and police. No, we need to disarm the law-abiding and make them even more vulnerable to the criminal class. So they must turn to government for their security and safety. How else can you explain the stringent gun-control rules and regulations that don’t seem to be working in the inner cities, especially those governed by progressive socialist democrats and their “go soft on punishments” public policies. As if crime were a disease, to be treated humanely in the community, not harshly behind bars.

Obama’s poster boy for racial agitation and anti-police rhetoric …

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If you were to select one person to typify the self-serving corruption and dishonesty of a racial agitator, you would be hard-pressed to find one as corrupt and dishonest as the so-called “Reverend”Al Sharpton.

Here is a man who has incited mob violence with his racial rhetoric. Here is a man who put forth big lies that were totally disproven. Here is a man who is little more than a racial extortionist – and he doesn’t even bother to pay taxes on his ill-gotten gains. So why is this man invited to the White House? Why is this man sitting next to New York’s Mayor and Police Chief?

The answer is simple. He is the progressive socialist democrat’s go-to man when it comes to agitating the minority base that overwhelmingly votes for the democrats, even though even a cursory glance at history will show that Blacks were misused by the democrats and then discarded after the election. With the good “reverends” and “ministers” paid off in “walking around money” and token access to the top politicians for their self-serving photo-ops.

Have you ever wondered why this race-baiting charlatan will go after American corporations and police departments, but will not engage in curbing inner city thuggery, out-of-wedlock births that doom mothers to a life of poverty, or those who bring the very worst of culture to the ‘hood? Beyond his personal safety, it all comes down to political power, prestige, and most of all, profits. You can make no money going after the root causes of decay and crime in the inner cities. You can make no money telling young men to be responsible and to support their families. And, you certainly don’t get media attention for denigrating the entertainment of thuggish hip-hop.

So why is this despicable man thought to be one of the preeminent leaders of the Black Community, as if Blacks were anything other than a monolithic voting block? Because he is a necessary evil to the progressive socialist democrats. To keep the base agitated about their victimhood based on the implicit racism and poverty that the progressive socialist democrats promised to resolve decades ago with their “war on poverty.” Ask yourself where did those billions of taxpayer’s dollars go – and the answer is invariably, programs to promote the progressive socialist democrat cause and to keep the dollars flowing to the special interests that kicked back campaign funding, voter support, and media attention.

Bottom line …

To the extent we are seeing policing problems along racial, ethnic, or religious lines, you may wish to thank President Obama and his cadre of progressive socialist democrats for their efforts in balkanizing and promoting victimhood in order to gain and maintain political power. The chaos and criminality we are seeing is directly attributable to the progressive governance model where the politicians do not attack minorities or hold them accountable for their criminality, bad behavior, or other misdeeds lest they switch their party affiliation and back the opposition.

Truth be told, Blacks and Hispanic minorities have been screwed over by the democrats while their point elsewhere to explain the failures of their public policies.

Enough is enough. We need to remove or reduce corruption in politics – allowing the taxpayer’s funds to flow into the community without a detour through the politicians and their special interests' pockets.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



JAY-Z: PIMPIN' HIS MONEY-MAKER ON THE BACKS OF DEAD THUGS?

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There is no doubt in my mind that Jay-Z is a talented rap artist and exceptional businessman, but he also appears to be a master at racial agitation and social discord. Profiting from the miseries of his community while sowing additional racial discord and social despair. And like most progressive socialist democrats, he engages in class warfare, wealth-shaming, name-calling; all perpetrated by a multi-millionaire that lives a lifestyle almost beyond comprehension. 

So this is how he responds to his critics who allege he is overcharging customers of his streaming music service just because his name is on the brand …  

Jay-Z Blasts Cops for Killing ’N*ggas’ During Freestyle Rap Defending His Fledgling Streaming Music Business

Jay Z ripped into everyone who's bashing his new business ... as only he can -- by uncorking a blistering freestyle in which he compared himself to the founders of Apple and Nike.

The lyrical attack came during Jay's 'B-Sides' concert last night, which aired on Tidal ... his music streaming service. Critics have accused the rap mogul of charging users more for Tidal -- compared to similar services -- simply because his name is attached to it.

He then connected Tidal’s poor performance with the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, and Freddie Gray, and inferred his competitors’ attacks were racially motivated:

“Well I can’t tell how they killed Freddie Gray, right, shot down Mike Brown how they did Tray, right?

Let ‘em continue choking n—as, we gonna turn style, I ain’t your token n—a.

You bought nine iPhones and Steve Jobs is rich, Phil Knight is worth trillions, you still bought them kicks, Spotify is nine billion, they ain’t say s–t.

Lucy, you got some ‘splaining to do, the only one they hating on looks just like you.”

Read more: Jay-Z Blasts Cops for Killing ’N*ggas’ During Freestyle Rap Defending His Fledgling Streaming Music Business

Bottom line …

Like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, Jay-Z appears to be using racial and social discord to sell his brand. Nothing wrong with marketing your brand, but when it adversely affects your community, that’s quite another thing. If you want to see someone who does it right, consider the work of Daymond John, an entrepreneur who makes money without disparaging his community or others.

We are so screwed when we allow politicians, celebrities, and others to lie, distort, and provoke others for their self-serving profit.

The truth is that Tray (Trayvon Martin) was a thug who challenged and attacked an armed Neighborhood Watch captain. The truth is the Mike Brown was a thug who just committed a strong-arm theft and then attacked a police officer and tried to gain control of his weapon. And, as or Freddie Gray, there is no official explanation for his death.

So, to dishonestly use these people to connect with Jay-Z’s brand is just wrong. It’s trying to divide Americans into us versus the man; and then dishonestly pretending the purchase of our overpriced crap is a blow for freedom, equality, and social justice. To which I say: BS.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



FINANCIAL JUSTICE: WHICH BANKERS ARE GOING TO JAIL?

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It was widely known in the mortgage industry that the financial institutions that set the LIBOR ( London Interbank Offered Rate) benchmark rates that governed a number of mortgage rates were rigged. Some said to hide the weaknesses of individual banks, others believing that it was to improve revenue.

Now, we are seeing the five of the world’s biggest banks may be allowed to plead guilty in a criminal case …  

Five of the world's biggest banks are expected to plead guilty in an unprecedented criminal case

Five of the world's biggest banks are expected to be hit with a combined bill of more than $5 billion and criminal charges on Wednesday in a settlement with U.S. and British authorities over rigging of currency markets.

It will mark another dark day for an industry trying to put past sins behind it and brings the total in penalties some big banks will pay for their traders allegedly manipulating the $5-trillion-a-day foreign exchange market to about $10 billion.

U.S. banks JPMorgan and Citigroup and Britain's Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland are expected to plead guilty to criminal charges with the U.S. Department of Justice related to forex [foreign exchange]manipulation, people familiar with the matter said.

It would be unprecedented for the parent companies or main banking arms of so many major banks to plead guilty to criminal charges in a coordinated action. JPMorgan and Citigroup would be the first major U.S. banks to plead guilty to criminal charges in decades.

Individuals at Barclays could also be held accountable if there is evidence of bad conduct, New York's banking regulator Benjamin Lawsky told Reuters on Tuesday, echoing a warning he made last week.

More at: 5 of the world's biggest banks are expected to plead guilty in an unprecedented criminal case

Bottom line …

So who benefits from the $5-billion in fines? Certainly not those who saw the mortgage, auto, and other loans artificially inflated by manipulative traders.

So who is likely to go to jail? Certainly not those at the top who cashed out for hundreds of millions based on fraudulent transactions.

What I expect to see is the standard lines … “we agree to pay a record fine without admitting or denying the allegations” or “the corporation – which cannot go to jail – freely admits they were complicit in criminal activities caused by certain rogue traders.”

Like all politically-connected bigwigs, nothing much will happen to the top bankers who profited from the manipulations and the legal costs will come out of the shareholders, insurance companies, and the depositors who receive lower rates.

Perhaps we should look at the revolving door between the regulatory agencies and the wrongdoers?

We are so screwed.

steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



BARNEY FRANK: IT WASN'T ME IN THE CLINTON MESS ...

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EXCLUSIVE – Barney Frank Confirms: No Congressional Oversight of Clinton Cash Uranium Deal

Retired Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) tells Breitbart News in an exclusive interview that while he served as chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, Congress exercised no oversight over the activities of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).

In 2010, during his tenure as chairman, CFIUS approved the controversial ARMZ-Uranium One transaction that gave the Russian government control of 20 percent of American uranium deposits.

The failure of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to disclose the ties between executives at Uranium One, who benefited financially from the approval of the transaction, is at the center of the conflict of interest scandals outlined in Clinton Cash, the recently released book written by Breitbart News editor-at-large Peter Schweizer.

“There’s no way you’re going to tie me into this,” Frank tells Breitbart News.

As chairman of the House Financial Services Committee in 2010, Frank was the key person in Congress with whom CFIUS communicated. The 2007 law he helped pass authorized Congressional oversight of CFIUS actions, and in his capacity as chairman Frank was one of the members of Congress most directly responsible for CFIUS oversight.

But Frank recalls his role in that oversight process as virtually non-existent.

Breitbart News asked Frank if he recalled receiving a communication from CFIUS on October 22, 2010 when the panel approved the ARMZ-Uranium One transaction.

“I don’t remember that,” Frank tells Breitbart News. “We [Congress] had no power.

“This [ARMZ-Uranium One transaction] never came to my attention. I don’t remember it being very controversial,” Frank says.

Frank does not recall his Republican colleagues on the committee at the time raising objections to the CFIUS approval of the ARMZ-Uranium One transaction.

“I do not remember any Republican member of the Financial Services Committee raising that issue with me,” Frank says.

Read more: EXCLUSIVE - Barney Frank Confirms: No Congressional Oversight of Clinton Cash Uranium Deal

Bottom line …

There is little or no doubt that Barney Frank was a very powerful member of the progressive socialist democrats who was a sharp-tonged partisan hack who engaged in cronyism (his boyfriend was hired by Fannie Mae) and corruption (telling Maxine Waters to let him handle the dealings with her husband’s bank that wanted a bailout), and deception (touting Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and safe and sound prior to their takeover by the government).

So it is funny that he claims “There’s no way you’re going to tie me into this.” Not that he had anything to do with the issue, but that his ignorance indicates how malfeasant the politicians are when it comes to oversight of this nation’s critical financial infrastructure.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



HOW I SEE THE GOP (MAY, 2015) AND THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL LINE-UP

I would hope that the GOP would ditch the grey-beards that appear to run the party and put forth a bold platform that defines the difference between the GOP and the progressive socialist democrats. Instead of attempting to fineness the election with RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) who represent democrat-lite crony capitalism, I hope that the party will present a Reagan-style conservative. My choice would be Scott Walker for President with Marco Rubio for Vice President.

The front-runners in the GOP …

TOP TIER

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Jeb Bush

Scott Walker

Marco Rubio

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Analysis:

  • Jeb Bush has the infrastructure and access to funding, but would allow the progressive socialist democrats to rehash the Bush era and point to the cronyism and its impact on the failure of key regulatory agencies to prevent the financial crisis from spreading. Significant because many of these same advisors will be providing advice and material assistance to Jeb Bush. Add to that Bush’s open border stance and promotion of common core.
  • Scott Walker, behind in name recognition, but successfully fought off the progressive socialist democrats and their unions seven times (including the two proxy races) in a blue state.
  • Marco Rubio is bright, articulate, and may bring the Hispanic vote. If not a presidential contender due to age and experience, certainly a solid vice president to a Scott Walker Presidency.
  • There is one open space left in the top tier. Personally, I would like it to be filled by either John Kasich or Ted Cruz.

SECOND TIER

Ted Cruz

Rand Paul

Mike Huckabee

Chris Christie

Analysis: 

  • Ted Cruz (Tea Party) certainly is articulate and can put forth the conservative viewpoint without hesitation. Whether he can corral independents and some moderate democrats is unknown.
  • I considerRand Paul (Libertarians) a small-time grifter who speaks conservative and who found himself in the race due to his father’s organization. He reminds me of Lyndon LaRouche and his LaRouchie cultists.
  • Mike Huckabee (Evangelicals) appears to be overly religious and reminds one of the Southern evangelical movement. Like Hillary Clinton who wiped her server’s hard drive, Huckabee destroyed all of the hard drives in his office.
  • Chris Christie (RINO moderates) is certainly pugnacious, but does not appear to be deserving of high office. Christie reminds me of Newt Gingrich and his anger issues.

And the third tier …

I believe Ohio’s Governor, John Kasich, could easily break into the second tier and make it to the first tier if he so desired.

Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, Mike Pence, Rick Santorum, Rob Portman and Carly Fiorina do not appear to be viable, although Perry and Pence appear to have a shot to make it into a wider second tier. While Ben Carson appears to be a great guy, he has no chance of becoming president due to the lack of political experience, political connections, an organization, and a fundraising ability.

The GOP women …

GOP WOMEN

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And while Carly Fiorina, the past CEO of Hewlett-Packard is loudly telling people that she would be the counter to Hillary Clinton playing the race card, I see absolutely no reason why Fiorina would be preferable over Susanna Martinez. Martinez, in my opinion, is a tested political fighter with a proven history of success, whereas Fiorina is touting her business skills as if America can be run like a business with a powerful CEO.

Bottom line …

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I would be most appreciative if the GOP candidates did not fatally damage each other and provide ammunition to the opposition during the primary debates and focused solely on defeating the progressive socialist democrats. I would appreciate if the decision on who to support was made early, the non-viable candidates dropping out, and then everyone supporting the candidate of choice.

I hope the GOP is smart enough to avoid allowing progressive socialist democrats and hyper-partisans like CNN’s Candy Crowley who damaged Mitt Romney with her lies.

We saw what happened when a majority of America voted color over competence and we cannot allow sex to triumph over substance. It is time to restore America to her rightful place on the world stage and to undo much of the damage that the progressive socialist democrats brought forth on America with their failed policies, both foreign and domestic.

-- steve 


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



ONE CITIZEN SPEAKING: PERCEPTIVE POLITICAL PERSPECTIVES?

What do you think of when you think of our federal government? Politicians representing their respective constituencies? Government bureaucrats attempting to implement government policies that are sometimes nonsensical and counterproductive? Or, a series of porta-potties filled by politicians whose hands are perpetually out – trading access and favors for campaign contributions, voter support, and media attention?

Government as seen by the idealists: where the people’s business is done …

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Government as seen by the lobbyists: where it is about money and power…

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Government as seen by the people: dysfunctional, but still intact…

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Government  as seen by the realists: a series of hands out for favors …

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No matter what your perspective might be, from that of a conservative republican to that of a radical progressive socialist democrat, America deserves better than the politicians were are being given by both the democrats and the republicans.

In what world can you knowingly offer the American people a corrupt liar steeped in criminality and cronyism who believes that she is the heir apparent to the Presidency with no experience, no accomplishments, no general likeability, and with no morals? And, on the other side a tepid politician who represents generations of crony capitalism and “special understandings” with foreign powers?

The queen of mean …

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The prince of privilege …

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This certainly is not the best of the best, possibly not even the best of the worst, and yet that’s what may appears on the menu ballot for the people of America to swallow. A corrupt, lying, Marxist or a liberal extension of his family’s political business; what a choice. All pre-selected and pre-packaged by those who profit no matter who holds the majority.

As I sit here, I am pondering where the billions of dollars of taxpayer money have gone. Be it the billions pumped into the decaying inner cities or the pallets of hundred dollars bills shipped to foreign dictators, all facilitated by the twin plagues of lobbyists and lawyers.

I am pondering where the honest journalists went. Not Bobby Blow-Dry or the Balding Bloviator who are commentators operating as if they were journalists; because they are font and center in the ratings game.

I think about those politicians who want to listen to the United Nations about global warming – even though they are not scientists and their political agenda is clear. A United Nations that ignores it charter and sits idly by while hundreds of children are captured, tortured, raped, mutilated, and killed. Or thousands of Christians slaughtered while the Pope fetes the Palestinian terrorists and lauds the murderous thugs in Cuba. 

Evil today certainly has a pretty face – courtesy of those high-priced spin doctors, lobbyists, lawyers, and the very politicians that want us to believe that they are doing the people’s business.

As my best friend Al says, we are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS